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Looking Forward and Looking Backward

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Kresta Commentary

February 12, 2013

By Al Kresta

If you had asked me two months ago if Benedict XVI would be the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, I would have said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. After all, in July 2010 he had told an interviewer Peter Seewald that a pope could resign. Maybe he was setting expectations. Benedict had never grasped for power or position and would be one of the few people willing to relinquish power voluntarily.

But when I got a phone call early Monday morning that Benedict had indeed resigned I was surprised, stunned. The first thing to strike me about his resignation is that it came too soon. In the providence of God, I knew otherwise, but, from my Continue Reading

Dolan, Obama, Laity and Outrage

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Kresta Commentary

October 10, 2012

By Al Kresta

Dear co-laborers in the Lord,

I have an absolutely urgent request.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has done an outstanding job leading the Catholic resistance to the HHS mandate. Archbishop of Archdiocese of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, an advisor to Benedict XVI, he has a well-deserved reputation as a spiritual leader. He is blessed with a winsome personality, great sense of humor and an instinctive, Catholic drive to reach out even to Continue Reading

Surprises and Changing History

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Kresta Commentary

June 29, 2012

By Al Kresta

Life is full of surprises. On June 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. This means that we do not have relief from the HHS Mandate. Had the Supreme Court struck down the “individual mandate” or the law in its entirety we would, obviously, have been in a much stronger position. SCOTUS didn’t.

So what did Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, actually do?

1) He ruled that the commerce clause cannot be used to make us purchase Continue Reading

Al Kresta at the Religious Freedom Rally in Ann Arbor

June 8, 2012

President Obama Announces Support for Gay “Marriage” (Audio)

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Kresta Commentary

May 11, 2012

By Al Kresta

President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian Continue Reading

Al Kresta at the Religious Freedom Rally in Detroit

March 23, 2012

HHS and Obamacare

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Kresta Commentary

March 16, 2012

By Al Kresta

This week the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare”. Chief among the concerns with this rule is the myriad of way that tax dollars, insurance companies, employers and individual employees will be paying for abortion.

Remember how Nancy Pelosi said back in 2010, “We have to pass it so we can find out what’s in it?” Now we are finding out what’s in it. An assault on religious freedom and Continue Reading

Blunt Amendment Fails on Party Line Vote

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Kresta Commentary

March 1, 2012

By Al Kresta

The fight continues in the House, courts and in November at the polls

By a vote of 51-48 today, Senate Democrats killed an amendment that would have allowed employers and insurers to find creative alternatives to purchasing types of insurance that violate their conscience and the teachings of their Church. As it stands the president’s health care law has set aside the conscience exemptions that have been in place for a generation.  Continue Reading

Urgent and Earnest

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Kresta Commentary

February 16, 2012

By Al Kresta

Today Congress began hearings on the HHS mandate… Has the Obama administration trampled on freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. Bishop Lori is there and we are joined by Missouri Synod Lutherans, the Beckett Fund and others. I hope you will hear about it in the commercial media. I wouldn’t count on it though.

I’ve noticed and you probably couldn’t help noticing how quickly the press coverage dropped off after the president gave them an opportunity to declare this over. It reminds Continue Reading

President Obama and the StopHHS Project

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Kresta Commentary

February 9, 2012

By Al Kresta

On January 20, 2012, President Obama informed Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, that the Catholic Church in America has until August of 2013 to provide almost all of their employees with insurance that covers sterilization and contraception, including drugs like the ‘morning-after pill’ that may cause an early abortion. If the Church refuses to comply with this mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), various penalties will ensue. The Church will be considered an outlaw, a bad neighbor and Continue Reading

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